Having acquired Jonathan Bernier, what other moves are in store for the Maple Leafs? Could Dion Phaneuf be dealt? Are the Leafs pursuing Sam Gagner? What will the Flyers do now that they lost the Bernier sweepstakes? And where will Roberto Luongo go?
TSN’s Darren Dreger reports via Twitter “Sounds like Toronto expects to be busy on the trade front in the week ahead. Still eager to add a young centre and top 4 D.”
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Joe Yerdon cites “tweets” from Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie claiming they’ve heard “rumblings” Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf could be available. Leafs GM Dave Nonis said he hasn’t received any calls on Phaneuf yet, but Yerdon suggests that could now change, noting several teams need a number one defenseman and Phaneuf could fit the bill.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater believes the Avalanche would have to offer up Paul Stastny to the Leafs to get Phaneuf, largely to make the math work with the salary cap. Phaneuf’s cap hit for next season is $6.5 million, Stastny’s is $6.6 million.
SPORTSNET: reports a rumor the Maple Leafs have held discussions with the Edmonton Oilers regarding center Sam Gagner, who’s slated to become a restricted free agent on July 5.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples also noted the rumor of the Leafs interest in Gagner but noted Darren Dreger claimed the Oilers and Gagner’s agent are working on a contract. He also cites CHED radio colour man Bob Stauffer, who fully expects the Oilers to re-sign Gagner to a multi-year extension soon.
TORONTO SUN: Mike Zeisberger lists Phaneuf among five Leafs to watch, including Mike Komisarek, Tyler Bozak, Clarke MacArthur and Nazem Kadri.
TSN.CA: The Maple Leafs are expected to buy out defenseman Mike Komisarek during the compliance buyout period.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It certainly sounds like other moves are coming for the Leafs. I expect they’ll target Florida’s Stephen Weiss and Detroit’s Valtteri Filppula if they become available in the free agent market, especially if they fail to re-sign Bozak. As for Gagner, I too expect he’ll be re-signed by the Oilers. The “Stastny to Toronto” rumors have been kicking around for some time, but I’m not convinced Nonis is keen on the Avs center, especially with that salary. No surprise Komisarek is being bought out. MacArthur could be moving on.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio cited a source claiming the Flyers, who lost out in the Bernier sweepstakes, will continue to look at other goalies, including those eligible for free agency, before making a decision on a buyout of Ilya Bryzgalov.
PHILLY.COM: It’s been reported the Flyers offered up winger Matt Read to the Kings for Bernier.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Read could be used as trade bait if the Flyers shop for another goalie.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Joe Yerdon mused about trade destinations for Roberto Luongo now that the Maple Leafs have acquired Jonathan Bernier, listing the Panthers, Islanders and Coyotes as possibilities, while jokingly adding the Flyers to the list.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I still think the Panthers could be the destination, though the Canucks will have to absorb some of Luongo’s salary. The Coyotes might be interested if they lose Mike Smith to free agency, but not at that salary. The Islanders might try to offer up Rick DiPietro’s contract, as swapping one bad contract for another might be the only the way the Canucks finally move him. As for the Flyers, if they buy out Bryzgalov, I doubt they’ll want to add Luongo’s contract.